It’s much more than just the specific sport; it’s about reinforcing positive attitude and lessons for life.

The Role of the Coach in Mental Wellness

When athletes are mentally well, they will have enhanced focus, and perform better both individually and within the team.

When athletes are distracted with personal/mental problems and stressors, they will not be at the top of their game.

All athletes can benefit from strategic interventions provided by informed coaches.

Many athletes will exhibit their difficulties in sport through problems with mood, behaviour or thinking. Early identification and treatment can lead to improved outcomes for the athletes.

“Empowering all youth as valued partners in addressing and making decisions about issues that affect them personally and/or that they believe to be important”.

Engaged young people are physically and mentally healthier – better performing athletes.

The 4 Pillars of Youth Engagement: CURL Model

The same 4 pillars of any therapeutic alliance. An alliance that coaches have with their athletes.





Top 10 Tips to Make Youth Engagement Work and Have Better Performing Athletes

  • Take time to really listen
  • Welcome ideas and validate opinions
  • Allow the youth to make mistakes
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes
  • Balance the power
  • Hold realistic expectations
  • Never underestimate the potential of young people
  • Be real with young people
  • Practice what you preach
  • Treat youth with respect

Expand the Reach is a web based resource for coaches, athletes of all levels, parents and community organizations to support Mental Wellness, and early intervention for better performance in sport & life. 

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